Sunday, March 04, 2007

Smokin' Aces

Joe Carnahan | 2007 | 109 min | USA

The trailer for this one was packed with jokes + frenetic action. I should have stuck with the trailer. The jokes are very few + far between. The action is frenetic, I'll give him that, but quite brief for, you know, an action movie. This is Joe Carnahan doing his thesis film in Tony Scott Studies. Oh, but if only this were Domino calibre. Smokin' Aces only has a couple of highlights. The first being Jason Bateman in a very brief cameo that provides all the laughs. He was wasted, but I appreciated him. In fact, most of the talented cast of this ensemble are wasted. The otherwise terrific Jeremy Piven may as well have been played by a cardboard stand-in used by video stores to promote Entourage DVDs. But I digress. The second highlight really only applies to fans of expository dialogue; I believe this film has the highest percentage of expository dialogue legally allowed, so. . . enjoy. You are really going to love the first thirty minutes + the last fifteen minutes of this one.

Please see Narc for a remarkable cop drama by Carnahan. He is capable of it. It was made for very little, without much in the way of special effects or massive casts, + it is far superior. Apparently Carnahan's next project is a remake of Otto Preminger's 65 film Bunny Lake is Missing. I now feel confident that he will ruin it.

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